OFFICE OF GOVERNOR MATT MEAD
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Ph. (307) 777-7437
November 15, 2013
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Governor Displays ‘County’ Chairs at Capitol
CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Each of Wyoming’s 23 counties now has a chair at the table in the Governor’s Formal Office in the State Capitol. More than 20 years ago, for the State’s Centennial, First Lady Jane Sullivan commissioned volunteers from each county to hand stitch wildflowers on chairs. The chairs were then put into use at the Governor’s Residence, each one displaying the name of its home county. Recently, Governor Matt Mead and First Lady Carol Mead oversaw the move of the chairs to the Capitol, where they now are on display.
The Formal Office is open for public tours when the room is not in official use. The room is used for formal bill signings, proclamations, news conferences, meetings with foreign dignitaries and school class visits.
“We are proud to display these chairs because they are works of art done by Wyoming artisans. Here the chairs are much more accessible to the public,” First Lady Carol Mead said. “We encourage people from across Wyoming to stop by their Capitol and, while here, sit a moment on their county chair,” Governor Mead said.
The work to find volunteers in each county to do the needlepoint was coordinated by Mary Meyer, wife of former State Treasurer, Secretary of State and Attorney General, Joe Meyer.